A discipleship band is a group of three to five people who read together, pray together, and meet together to become the love of God for one another and the world.

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Discipleship Bands Practical Field Guide

John Wesley once famously said, "There is no holiness apart from social holiness." Over the years, many have mistakenly asserted that he was talking about social justice.

In reality, he was talking about doing discipleship in the context of real relationships. In essence, you can't become a real Christian alone. The way forward is as close as a few other people who are willing to band together.

We're not talking about a traditional small group or a typical accountability group. The primary curriculum is the lives of the bandmates, joined together in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

the discipleship band meeting format


Group prayer adapted from Ephesians 5:14 and 3:14-19.


1. How is it with your soul?
2. What are your struggles and successes?
3. How might the Spirit and Scriptures be speaking in your life?

When you are ready to go deeper...

4. Do you have any sin that you want to confess?
5. Are there any secrets or hidden things you would like to share?


Group prayer adapted from Ephesians 3:20-21

the seven commitments

  1. Respect the clock: Do your best to share within 15-20 minutes.
  2. Challenge by choice: You have permission to skip a question at any time.
  3. No cross-talk: Don't give advice or interrupt.
  4. One Counselor (come Holy Spirit): Listen and pay attention to how the Holy Spirit might prompt you to pray.
  5. Comfort with empathy: Hold space for others with open hearts. Rather than offering pity or sympathy, show up and tune in- bless, encourage, and build up.
  6. Community of grace: When someone confesses sin, pardon by saying, "In the name of Jesus Christ you are forgiven." If someone shares a secret, thank them for their courage and never judge.
  7. Strictly confidential: Never share another person's comments outside of the group.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:23-25

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